Witold Bloch

Dr Witold Bloch

Ramsay University Postdoctoral Fellow

School of Physical Sciences

Faculty of Sciences


Dr Witold Bloch is a Ramsay research fellow at the University of Adelaide, School of Physical Sciences. Dr Bloch is the past recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt post-doctoral fellowship which he carried out in the University of Goettingen and TU Dortmund (Germany). One of his research interests involves the utilisation of metal-organic cages for the development of novel porous nanomaterials. The applications that this research aims to address include gas storage and separation as well as heterogeneous catalysis.

✓ Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) — email supervisor to discuss availability.

Research interests

My research focuses on utilising sequential self-assembly as a tool for the design of new nanomaterials. Sequential self-assembly (also referred to as hierarchical assembly) is widely utilised in many biological systems and involves the precise assembly of smaller subunits into increasingly advanced multi-functional architectures. This model is prevalent in multi-enzyme complexes, which are capable of highly-efficient sequential catalytic transformations. My research aims to channel this approach in artificial materials synthesis.

A recent example of sequential self-assembly:

Hierarchical assembly of a Pd8L16 catenane

Cover art

Back cover of ACIE, 2017, 56, 8285Feature article in Chem. Commun. 2017, 53, 8506

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2017 Ramsay Research Fellow in Applied Science University of Adelaide
    2016 - 2017 Humboldt Post-doctoral Research Fellow Technical University of Dortmund
    2015 - 2015 Humboldt Post-doctoral Research Fellow University of Goettingen
    2014 - 2015 Post-doctoral research associate University of Adelaide
    2014 - 2014 Lecturer Level A University of Adelaide
    2013 - 2014 Research associate University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2019 Award ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award 2019 University of Adelaide Australia 405 K
    2017 Fellowship Ramsay Fellowship University of Adelaide Australia
    2015 Fellowship Alexander von Humboldt Post-doctoral Fellowship Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and TU Dortmund Germany
    2014 Recognition Prize for best paper (IPAS) University of Adelaide Australia
    2012 Award Disciplinary seminar award (IPAS) University of Adelaide Australia
    2012 Award Seminar award University of Adelaide Australia
    2010 Award Poster Prize University of Adelaide Australia
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    German Can speak and understand spoken
    Polish Can read, speak and understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2010 - 2014 University of Adelaide Australia PhD (Chemistry)
    2009 University of Adelaide Australia Honours (Chemistry)
    2008 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Nanoscience and materials)
  • Research Interests

Research funding

2015 - 2017 Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for post-doctoral researchers (University of Goettingen and TU Dortmund, Germany)

Project summary: Many functional macromolecules in nature (e.g. enzymes) are multi-component assemblies with an intricate and defined active site. This work focused on increasing the structural complexity of artificial nano-cage receptors, which are commonly simple and symmetrical structures with limited functionality.  A new methodology was developed which facilitated the assembly of advanced nano-cage compounds composed of two different but complementary ligands. This approach made it possible, for the first time, to ‘stitch’ together two different functionalities in a single self-assembled cage, without the need of a guest template. This approach was utilised to prepare a variety of mixed-ligand cages including one example in which the cage’s uniquely-shaped cavity facilitated shape recognition of stereoisomeric guests. These findings provide significant insights into the synthesis and structure of discrete metal-organic cages and serve as a platform for the design of more complex and sophisticated artificial receptors.

2017 - 2021 Ramsay Research Fellowship (University of Adelaide) 

Project summary: Many pharmaceutical compounds are currently synthesised through multi-step processes that use multiple homogeneous catalysts, resulting in a high level of waste production. This project aims to develop novel porous materials for heterogeneous tandem catalysis by linking nano-cage units into an ordered framework material. The ability of such a material to catalyse chemical reactions in tandem is expected to significantly reduce both the cost and waste associated with industrial chemical syntheses.

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award 2019: Linking Supramolecular Nanocages into Multi-functional Materials (University of Adelaide) 

This project aims to advance the complexity of metal-organic materials by ordering discrete nano-cage structures called "metal-organic polyhedra" in a multi-functional porous solid. The project expects to generate critical knowledge in the synthesis of high-performance materials by combining the advantages of metal-organic and dynamic covalent chemistry. The expected outcomes of the project include the development of materials that are able to sequentially catalyse chemical reactions in a single-batch process. This project should deliver benefits for Australia’s emerging chemical manufacturing industry, such as a reduction in the cost, wastage and environmental impact of the chemical manufacturing industry.

Semester 2: Synthesis of Materials III (SoM): Module 3: Supramolecular Chemistry  

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  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Towards the Sequential Self-assembly of Amine Functionalised Metal-organic Polyhedra University of Adelaide Honours Full Time Matthew Schneider
  • Mentoring

    Date Topic Location Name
    2018 - 2018 Hierarchical assembly of coordination structures (PPR2) University of Adelaide Steven Tsoukatos
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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2018 - ongoing Member Society of Crystallographers in Australia and New Zealand (SCANZ) Australia
    2018 - ongoing Member Australian Association of von Humboldt Fellows (AAVHF) Australia
    2017 - ongoing Member MRACI CChem Australia
    2017 - ongoing Member Royal Society of Chemistry Australia
  • Presentation

    Date Topic Presented at Institution Country
    2018 - ongoing Design and serendipity in the assembly of coordination cages University of South Australia (Mawson Lakes campus) Australia
    2018 - ongoing Controlling the assembly of heteroleptic coordination cages and higher-order aggregates Sendai International Centre Japan
    2018 - ongoing Controlling self-sorting phenomena in metallosupramolecular cage structures The University of Queensland
    2018 - ongoing Coordination cages based on Pd(II): controlling catenation, aggregation and heteroleptic self-assembly The University of Melbourne
    2018 - ongoing Self-sorting phenomena in heteroleptic coordination cages Monash University Australia
  • Position: Ramsay University Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Phone: 83135039
  • Email: witold.bloch@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Badger, floor 2 30
  • Org Unit: Chemistry

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